Housing need in Wellington
There were 1819 applications on the Ministry of Social Development social housing register for the Wellington region (Wellington City, Lower Hutt City, Upper Hutt City and Porirua) at 30 June 2020.
Priority A = 704
Priority B = 50
Total = 754
Lower Hutt City
Priority A = 517
Priority B = 67
Total = 584
Upper Hutt City
Priority A = 147
Priority B = 17
Total = 164
Priority A = 290
Priority B = 27
Total = 317
Total number of applications = 1819
Source: Ministry of Social Development. https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/statistics/housing
Affordability and Levels of Renting in Wellington
Rents in Wellington City are the highest in New Zealand after Auckland.
Source: New Zealand Residential Rental Survey, November 2019.
Wellington ended 2019 as the most expensive city in the country to rent after the median weekly rent in the capital city climbed 6.2 per cent year-on-year to reach an all time high of $600, according to the Trade Me Rental Price Index.
Source: Trade Me Property Rental Price Index Report
2018 data for Wellington City show that 34.3% of households were renting privately, and 5% were In social housing.
Source: Wellington City: housing tenure community profile
Overcrowding in Wellington
15.4% of people in Porirua and 11.6% of people in Wellington City live in crowded households. The national average is 10.4%.
Source: 2018 Census people living in crowded households – corrected 29 April 2020. Statistics New Zealand.
Affordability of Home Ownership in Wellington
In a 2020 international survey of housing affordability, homes in Wellington are classed being 'severely unaffordable'.
The Demographica International Housing Affordability Survey uses the 'median multiple' to measure affordability. This figure is the median house price divided by the median household income. The higher the figure, the less affordable housing becomes.
When comparing housing affordability between 2018 and 2019, the median multiple fell in Auckland, remained the same in Christchurch, and increased in Wellington.
Source: 16th Annual, Demographia International, Housing Affordability Survey (2019: 3rd Quarter)
A Stocktake of New Zealand's Housing - February 2018
582,000 of households in New Zealand are renters (page 7).
Home ownership rates have fallen to a 60-year low and could fall further (page 13).
Median house sale prices rose nationally by around 40% over the past 10 years and by 30% over the past five years.
The average construction cost of an ‘average house’ – rather than an apartment – has risen 28% over the past five years and by 180% over the past 20 years (page 24).
Over the last decade the number of dwellings owned or managed by Housing NZ peaked in mid-2011 at 69,717 units, falling to 62,917 units in June 2017 (page 27).
It appears from the information available in MSD’s purchasing strategy that of the 2,600 additional Income-Related Rent subsidised units, which have been identified, less than 10%, or just 226, are actual new builds (page 29)
The annual cost of the IRR subsidies programme grew by almost 80% or $374 million between 2008 and 2017 to $848 million (page 31).
Source: A Stocktake of New Zealand's Housing, New Zealand Government, Crown Copyright, February 2018.